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Published October 08, 2009, 10:24 AM

Schools Close in Fort Yates this Week

Officials say schools in Fort Yates, south of Bismarck, have closed for the rest of the week because of the number of students absent due to the flu.

Officials say schools in Fort Yates, south of Bismarck, have closed for the rest of the week because of the number of students absent due to the flu.

Keith Johnson is the administrator of the Custer Health District, which includes the Fort Yates area. He says officials don't recommend closing schools due to the flu, but he says they expect "these kind of situations" as the flu season progresses.

The three Fort Yates schools have an enrollment totaling more

than 700 students.

Superintendent Terry Yellow Fat said students and their families were asked not to come to the nearby clinic with flu symptoms because it was overwhelmed. He says students suffering from fever and vomiting were taken home.

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